Sell and separate

Enabling strategic portfolio management and better divestments that help you improve value from the sale of an entire company, carve-out, spin-off or joint venture. Our strategic portfolio management advice helps you decide what and when to monetize. We execute across the entire divestiture life cycle, including strategy, separation and stabilization upon deal closing.

What EY can do for you in divestitures and carve-outs

Our diverse divestiture teams can help you with portfolio management to capture full value from a divestiture, whether you are a corporate or a private equity fund. We can help you limit disruption, manage remaining cost structures and allow you to focus on future inclusive growth.

We help enable strategic portfolio management through divestitures, including development of the value story and deal model, marketing the business to buyers, optimizing tax attributes to buyer and seller, preparing carve-out financials and developing operational separation plans.

We offer deep insight into portfolio management to help you get answers:

  • What should I sell to reposition my business in the market? 
  • How can I sell assets at optimal prices?
  • How can I optimize my portfolio to raise capital for future investments?
  • How can I sell non-core assets to preserve capital and help digitally transform my business? 
    • Portfolio management: strategy and optimization

      We help clients with their portfolio management — assessing their portfolio of assets, including strategic fit, underlying value, and contribution to the overall business and transaction alternatives.

    • Fairness opinion

      An independent fairness opinion can help the board mitigate risk by augmenting its transaction review process, strengthening its fiduciary oversight and protecting shareholder value.

    • Presale diligence

      We prepare financial, tax, HR and operational information based on the understanding of the buyers’ needs and priorities with the use of advanced analytics — the transformation of strategic, financial or operational algorithms combined with complex data sets into information, facilitating better, faster and more decisive actions.

    • Advanced analytics

      We help you unlock the power of big data to support your capital allocation strategies at speed and scale.

    • Equity story development

      We help you develop a compelling equity story for buyers and assess valuation.

    • Tax structuring

      We help you understand the tax position and tax structuring alternatives to increase after-tax proceeds.

    • Preparation of deal basis and auditable financials

      We assist with technical carve-out financial statement matters and support the audit process by assisting with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting matters and regulatory filings, and bridging the audited financial statements to the deal-basis financial statements.

    • Negotiation and execution

      We help prepare management for interaction with bidders and develop fact-based positions for purchase price adjustments, closing schedules and transition service agreements.

    • Operational separation planning

      We develop a separation road map for key functions, including finance, HR, accounting and IT, considering regulatory requirements and tax planning.

    • Readiness assessment and day-one planning

      We provide rapid assessment of financial, tax and operational risks and the critical considerations for day-one readiness, including employee, customer and supplier retention, IT and infrastructure.

    • Improvement of the remaining business

      We help you manage the remaining cost structure so that you can focus on future growth, including opportunities to invest in the core business, reduce leverage and improve working capital.

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